Fifth grade classes receive a lot of attention at this time of year, and it's for good reason! With our annual Outdoor Education trip just around the corner, we thought it might be a good time to get to know 5th grade teacher Susanne Dyer. We asked her what she loves about teaching at WCGS.
As an educator, I am thankful for the diverse teaching experiences I have enjoyed across the states and around the globe. From public to Christian schools, international to bilingual settings, and classroom sizes ranging from twelve to thirty students, each environment brought different challenges and incredible memories. As a follower of Christ, I have shared my faith openly with students in some classrooms, while I was required to keep it private in other situations. After reflecting upon my different experiences, I felt strongly about the way God wired me for the Christian school environment. I am passionate about Christian education. It is a wonderful setting to share the love of Christ and raise up Christian disciples, while simultaneously providing students with a challenging education that develops critical thinking skills. I am so thankful Wheaton Christian Grammar School provides me with the incredible opportunity to serve in the Christian school setting, and there are so many reasons why I love teaching here.
Who's squeamish about dissecting? Not Mrs. Dyer!
She's enthusiastic about showing students the intricacies
of God's creation and the order and design which
are evident throughout the world.
I love that the Bible is our textbook at WCGS. This year, our faculty is training to better integrate the Word of God and a Biblical worldview throughout each grade level and content area. God’s Word is the foundation for our entire curriculum at WCGS. For example, when studying the human body, we acknowledge God as the Intelligent Designer who intricately created our bodies to work in such purposeful and miraculous ways. World Studies remind us how God is sovereign over all history. In math, we see the God of order and purpose. When studying physics, we see the Creator behind all the laws that govern the solar system. In 5th grade, we recently studied the eye, and dissected sheep eyes with the 7th grade students. When studying the eye, I cannot help but think about the incredible amount of detail and perfect structure our Creator designed so we can see. What a gift to be able to share this with students! Even in ordinary studies, we see an extraordinary God behind it all.
I love teaching at WCGS because I have the privilege of being not just an academic leader, but also a spiritual mentor. I have the opportunity to not only take students on a journey towards wisdom, but also train them to be men and women after God’s heart. I help students discover how to glorify God with the gifts He has given them. I love how children are eager to learn and dream about their futures in a world filled with endless opportunities. I love that Christ is interwoven in every aspect of WCGS, from academics, athletic programs, student development, parent interactions, daily conversations, and mission opportunities. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my passion for missions in 5th grade. Each quarter, we focus on a different ministry, and I love sharing my heart for Honduras with my students. I should also mention, 5th grade is a pretty exciting year with hatching chicks and our trip to Camp Timber-lee for Outdoor Education.
There are so many more reasons I love teaching at WCGS: my students who excite me to drive to school each day, my supportive 5th grade team, opportunities to grow professionally, our outstanding Godly administrative leaders, an incredible group of encouraging faculty and staff, times of worship each month at chapel, faculty devotions, our variety of excellent extracurricular clubs and activities, among many other things create the most amazing work environment! There are not enough words to express my gratitude or love for Wheaton Christian Grammar School. WCGS provides me with an opportunity to use the gifts and abilities God has given me to make an impact for His kingdom, and for that, I will forever be grateful.
Mrs. Dyer is a graduate of Taylor University. She taught at Trinity Oaks Christian Academy, Cary, IL, and Academia Los Pinares, Tecucigalpa, Honduras before she came to WCGS in fall 2015.
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